Events

Celebrity Chef Anthony Sedlak, flashes a big smile at the Market Kitchen where he dishes up a fabulous menu inspired by the new luxury, sporty Buick Verano 2012.  http://www.gm.ca/gm/english/vehicles/buick/verano/overview Food Network personality, formerly of the fab TV show "The Main" and now with new show "Family Cook-Off", Anthony delights the crowd with inspired, delish and creative palate pleasers, personality and passion for his craft. An entire menu inspired by the new Buick Verano... key descriptives include, luxury, texture, familiarity, fond memories. He does not disappoint. 

For highlights of the evening view here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCnN9rzMxTQ

First up a delicious selection of beverages including "The Verano Martini", a selection of wines personally selected by Anthony, the Lucky Country 2012 Shiraz from Australia,giving up a little plum, oak and spice in the nose, rich black fruit flavour and the 2011 Crios Torrontes from Argentina. Aromatic and alluring, with peach and melon and a floral note enticing you, take a sip and enjoy this lovely dry, savory wine with a lengthy finish. Torrontes is Argentina's signature white variety and is becoming increasingly more popular. Simply sublime with the oysters and beef strip loin planned as starters.

Read more: Food Network chef Anthony Sedlak menu inspired by Buick Verano

Celebrity Chef Challenge www.vsopchefchallenge.org will feature the discerning taste buds of Celebrity judges, in marathon competition... 20 food stations in all...in support of Victim Services of Peel...

What has become the "must attend affair of the year"  known as the best roving cocktail and food party ever attended, The Celebrity Chef Challenge, now in its 6th year will be a stupendous culinary adventure in both food and wine,  with renowned chefs and restaurants vying for top marks for their creations. A collection of keen and discriminating judges will make the rounds, sampling, savouring and "spitting" (wines in the provided spittoons of course) recording their comments both in pencil and audibly to be sure.  Mingle with the judges, meet the chefs, embrace the culinary treats all the while being entertained in a luxurious, yet relaxed and casual...and fun atmosphere.

 

Read more: Celebrity Chef Challenge, rocks with the best roving cocktail and culinary party ever! April 5th,...

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Tickets are $59.00 for general admission, $54.00 here with The Wine Ladies.

http://austria-uncorked-consumer-2012.eventbrite.com/?discount=wineladiesvip

Small is beautiful – that is what best describes Austrian wine, when put into international perspective? There are no run of the mill wines, but rather they are a rare specialty. Austrian wine is one of the most exciting phenomena happening in the world of wine right now.

 

For the first time ever Austria Uncorked has made the decision to travel North and chose the exciting newly  opened Trump Hotel in Toronto, the perfect setting  for wine lovers to meet and taste the excellent vintages of 30 wine makers from the famous wine growing regions of Lower Austria (Wachau, Kamptal, Kremstal, Traisental, Weinviertel, the hot spring region Tattendorf), the Burgenland (Neusiedlersee, Carnuntum), the south part of Styria (also referred to as the Styrian Tuscany) and Vienna.

Read more: Austria Uncorked, The Austrian Wine Event of the Year. Get your Gruv-on!

First stop, Royal York Hotel, Toronto… all aboard, let the adventure begin! “Wow, this is quite the mode of transport” comments one of our guests as she boards and surveys the luxury limo bus, (NCT, carrier of the stars, we are all stars today) with perimeter seating, the aroma of freshly brewed premium Reunion Island Columbia  Las Hermosas coffee wafting through the air, an oversized basket loaded with an assortment of fresh crisp apples and a totally decadent tray of cupcakes awaiting  you. We welcome our guests, which include our TWITTER contest winners, father and son, so happy to be with us, and we are off.

 

Coveted Cakes, Blackout Cupcake, Red Velvet and for those on a strict regime we have Carrot with cream cheese icing and of course the ever popular non fattening banana. Right….

 

It is not long before the group is sharing stories, joking and having fun, “that sure didn’t take long” we think to ourselves, and that… our friends was the way of the entire day!

 

So on the road, with the first bottle of sparkling wine already poured, we officially welcome our clan and give them the low down on how the day will proceed.

 

Mary-Ann, of Oakville, expressing herself

 

First stop, the iconic Inniskillin, the “icebreaker” if you will, excuse the pun, that won the “Grand Prix d’Honneur  award in Bordeaux, France in 1991, for their Vidal Icewine, the first truly significant international medal won by any Canadian winery. A truly VIP experience awaits us.

 

Next….Niagara-on-the-Lake, transformed into a wintry wonderland, will be the place to play, to have lunch, reacquaint with history, shop, eat and drink!

 

 

Fast forward, Lou Puglisi, former Grape King, 2008-2009 with PondView Estate Winery will charm the guests and dazzle the palate, charismatic gentlemen dressed in War of 1812 ‘garb” for the Bicentennial will share the history, and one of the guests on our tour, David Johanns entertainer/composer/pianist will take the microphone and control the ivories on the piano at the “Warm Up” station, giving the extremely  talented performers a much needed break. WOW… our group rocks! And it’s only lunchtime!

 

 

 

 

 

Our second winery on the itinerary, Reif Estate Winery, with the family tradition in winemaking going back twelve generations, now that’s experience! An array of five wines to sample will tantalize our palates from a dry Riesling to a luscious Vidal icewine.   Our final destination Colonari Estate Winery, beautiful, both inside and out, family members will greet us to one of the more recently opened wineries, steeped in Italian tradition, a Romanesque style, grand winery specializing in Appassimento, Recioto and Ripasso style wines.

 

The day unfolds into one that surpasses expectations, friends are made, experiences are shared, stories and laughter fill the bus between stops of enjoying stunning wines and  delectable foods.  Our three wineries, all unique share their expertise, their wines, embrace our guests with passion and the individual experience especially created for them.

 

Here now our experiences at each of our host wineries.

At Inniskillin we were greeted by friend and Inniskillin Ambassador Extraordinaire, Public Relations Director,  Debi Pratt.  For those of you who know Debi, you’ve got to know we are in for a special treat, for no-one has the passion, the knowledge and the personality that is Debi, who also by the way we later learn was Miss Inniskillin 1975! (the year Inniskillin got its license, the first winery in Ontario after prohibition)

 

A brief visit to the vineyard, where still hanging are four rows of the Vidal grape, Debi’s “media rows” as she calls them. All other grapes have been harvested, predominantly mechanically, which we learn is a good thing. Minus 10 degrees celcius is the temperature winemaker Bruce Nicholson  likes to pick, although VQA regulations dictate minus 8 be the minimum.

 

Inside the Founder’s Hall, we chat about the Riedel Vinum Extreme Icewine Glass, created in 2001, jointly with George Riedel, Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser, co-founders of Inniskillin. Later in the barrel cellar, we will witness the impact of this perfect vessel from which to enjoy icewine.  To the cellar we descend to a beautifully set table. A “joker” glass (so called in the wine business, just a regular wine glass) on our left with two icewine glasses and a sparkling wine glass beside.  Debbie begins to explain the significance of the proper glass when we are interrupted by a gallant gentleman, stylishy dressed donning his signature, a perfectly placed hat! Donald, “The Donald” , we like to call him, co-founder of Inniskillin walks in. We welcome Donald with hugs and great to see you, and he is off, not leaving, but beginning his passionate recount of the development of, the importance of and the lessons in appreciating the icewine glass.

 

 

Bottom line, the unoaked Vidal Icewine 2010, our first wine, sampled in the joker glass to start is transformed in the Vinum Extreme, with the wine engaging not just the tip of the tongue (the initial contact point for the wine with the joker glass, as well as the most sensitive point to sweetness). The perception of sweet was intensified with the joker, while the Vinum Extreme allowed for the wonderful acidity to come through, showcasing the balance of, and beauty of the icewine.

 

Oakville, Ontario: Jan 19th, 2012

Last night a sparkling reception was held at the Holiday Inn Oakville Centre for the nominees of the 17th annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence. Over 45 excited and proud nominees from various walks of business life were announced. The nominees will compete in six categories for the Awards for Business Excellence including; Oakville’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Oakville’s Restaurant/Hospitality/Tourism Provider of the Year, Oakville’s Small Company of the Year, Oakville’s Large Company of the Year, Oakville’s Professional Service Provider of the Year, Oakville’s Community Builder of the Year.

Our congratulations to all OABE nominees and a toast to all of your success!

We, The Wine Ladies are also proud nominees for Entrepreneur of the Year. Thank-you so much for the honour!

The winners to be announced at the spectacular gala to be held March 7th, 2012. For tickets: www.oabe.ca

Read more: The Oakville Awards For Business Excellence, Nominees Announced Jan 19th, The Wine Ladies...

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